In order to maintain the cleanliness of your swimming pool, there are several tools, tips and tricks that can make this process a lot less troublesome. First off, the more you keep on top of your pool, the easier each cleaning will be and less need for vacuuming and backwashing. For example, daily skimming of the pool’s surface can prevent lots of debris from settling to the ground and reduce the frequency at which you must manually vacuum. The use of an automatic cleaner, such as a Polaris, Tigershark, Aquabot, etc. will also help keep the bottom free of dirt and debris. Most importantly, making sure chemical levels stay within range by regular water testing can prevent algae growth and significantly reduce the amount of chemicals needed to keep the water clear.
Tools: Skimmer Net Skimmer Plate
Leaf Net Gizzmo
Telescopic Pole Test Kit/Test Strips
Vacuum Hose Sponge
Vacuum Head Soft Scrub
POOL CLEANING PROCEDURE
1. Empty Baskets
3. Brush Floor, Walls, Steps
4. Soft Scrub Skimmers, Waterline, etc.
5. Balance Chemicals
Step 1: – Start off by skimming the surface of the water for any floating particles to catch them before landing on the floor. Remove skimmer baskets, empty any dirt and leaves out and insert the gizmo directly into one of the skimmer lines underneath skimmer basket. This will cut off the suction to one line, increasing suction to the other skimmer line. In the opposite skimmer, reinsert the skimmer basket. This is the skimmer that the vacuum will attach to.
Tip: – If the pool has a main drain on the floor, this is also a source of suction which you want to shut off to ensure maximal vacuum suction. There will normally be a valve on the PVC pipe going directly into the front of the pump which will turn the main drain/skimmers on or off.
Step 2: – Once you have all lines cut off and full suction to only one skimmer, then attach the vacuum head to the swivel end of vacuum hose and attach the telescopic pole to the vacuum head. The skimmer plate attaches to the opposite end of the vacuum hose (the fixed end).
Step 3: – Now you need to prime the hose with water. Place the vacuum head into the pool, holding it by the pole, which you want to push strait down to the floor. You will notice that a portion of the hose is now primed with water while the remainder of the hose is still floating. You must then feed the remainder of the hose strait down into the water starting from the vacuum head end and finishing with the skimmer plate end.
Tip: – If the hose is still floating then there is still air in the line and the vacuum will not work properly. When hose is fully primed, it will be completely submerged in the water.
Step 4: – Now that the vacuum head is on the pool floor, with the pole attached and the hose fully primed, take the skimmer plate end of the hose and attach to the only unplugged skimmer. Make sure the pump is turned on and on high speed and the vacuum is now ready for use.
Tip: – The skimmer that is closest to the filter system will usually get the best suction. This is not always the case, but it is recommended to plug the far skimmer and vacuum off of the close skimmer.
Step 5: – Empty skimmer basket as it gets full and when done vacuuming empty the pump basket.
After vacuuming, brush down floor, walls and steps.
Using a sponge and Soft Scrub, wash the water line and inside and outside of the skimmers. Also wash fiberglass steps. If there is a diving board, use a brush and Soft Scrub to clean.
If filter pressure is high after vacuuming, then backwash the filter.
Finally, test and balance water chemistry. (See “Guide to Water Care”)